Looks like even Millennials are longing for something more when it comes to the status quo of love and romance in contemporary American culture.
Earlier this summer over at Elite Daily (The Voice of Generation-Y), a very interesting blog post gave voice to the growing dissatisfaction with the whole “dating” experience of 20-somethings.
What is the dating game, you ask? Well, you probably know it all too well. It’s the game of “let’s see who can try to act like they care less in order to get someone else to care more and then take turns.”
It’s the blurred line between how casual you are and what title you decide to designate to your romantic encounters. It’s so confusing that I often lose track and I’m sure you do, too.
What is the reason for not being able to be simple and honest? Like, “Hey, I think you’re really cute and I would like to get some coffee and giggle awkwardly at our small talk, so I can spend some extra time looking at your cute face.”
The reason it isn’t so easy is because we all play the game. Here are a few ways to put down your cards and really look at the faces that surround you without wearing your own poker face:
As Clay says in Old Fashioned, “We don’t have to go around using each other, hurting each other. It doesn’t have to be that way.”
Nope, it sure doesn’t. And no matter what lies pop culture tries to spoon-feed us, that remains true.
And honestly, when so many “non-religious” (whatever that means) young people are clearly looking for a more beautiful way to live out their romantic lives… after being devastated and their hearts bruised and battered for lack of wise counsel or guidance or even one, single positive example of love… many of us in “the church” need to remember that much of what seems obvious or old-hat to us could be brand-new and life-changing to someone else.
It’s time we move beyond our desperate, modern need to be approved of by and/or to not offend the cultural gatekeepers and tastemakers of the day.
It’s time we get over our fear of being mocked by The Daily Beast or Cosmo or People magazine.
It’s time we all risk a little rejection for the benefit of those who are so ready to not settle for less than true love…
Read more: 15 ways we can put an end to the dishonest dating culture (check out her #8, especially). Looks like we’re not the only ones hoping that “Chivalry makes a comeback” next Valentine’s Day… sorry, couldn’t resist…